How You Can Pray: It's a Matter of Atmosphere and Resonance
By Rev. Elizabeth A. Reed, Ph.D.
How can you pray like Jesus prayed? How can you reach a state of communion with the Divine that is even remotely similar to the one Jesus appeared to have with Alaha (the Aramaic word for God meaning "Divine Unity")?
No matter what your religious background was or what your present spiritual path now is, we all have a deep yearning to connect day-to-day or even moment-to-moment with the Source of All.
Prayer as a spiritual practice
is taught by teachers of most any world religion. And while there is a fundamental agreement amongst religious teachers that prayer is a means of communication or union with the Divine, there are innumerable ways and means to pray. Even within one tradition, for example within the Christian tradition, there are many ways to pray. Is there any one "right" way to pray? Probably not.
If we return to Aramaic,
the original language of the first century Galilee, we find clues about what Yeshua (Jesus' name in Aramaic) was trying to teach as a native Middle Eastern mystic and prophet. Exploring the words for "selah" (pray) and "b'sheme" (with/in/through my name/atmosphere/vibration):
Yeshua taught his followers to pray.
The Aramaic word for prayer, shelah, means creating space, pointing to activities like hollowing out something or setting up a canopy. We are invited to hollow out space in our lives to receive Divine Unity's message. Prayer means to set up a protective canopy to shield a space from intense elements, thus allowing rays of Source to progressively and gently enter our minds and hearts.
Yeshua taught his followers "shelah b'sheme" (generally translated as "pray in my name"). The word "b'sheme" literally means "with my vibration or atmosphere." Yeshua invites his followers to tune themselves to his vibration. He invites his followers to enter communion with the Divine, enter its sacred atmosphere by simply modeling… he is saying, "you can enter this sacred atmosphere and commune with it… here, watch, and then enter in your own means and way, this sacred atmosphere." By vibrating similarly to Yeshua or by entering a sacred atmosphere like his, you then "shelah b'sheme."
Prayer as a State
Prayer is not as much an activity as it is a state.
Anyone can enter that state by learning from a spiritual teacher.
Yeshua as a Middle Eastern mystic and prophet understood prayer in this way and offered teachings, and the model of himself, that is to say, his personal style of entering the state of shelah. He did this for others to feel the vibrational quality to which they could tune their lives, could enter sacred atmosphere, and could bring their lives in tune with the Source of All Life.
A Healing Journey with the Aramaic Lord's Prayer: Reclaiming the Mysticism of Jesus through His Native Language
by Elizabeth A. Reed co-created with Neil Douglas-Klotz. Rev. Reed is also the instructor of
Breathing with the Divine Breath: Deep Inner Healing in The Beatitude Way
co-created with Neil Douglas-Klotz.
Copyright © Elizabeth A. Reed with Neil Douglas-Klotz. All rights reserved.
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